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Walter S. Powell, Sr.

April 3, 1929 — August 17, 2020

Walter S. Powell, Sr., 91, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, died Monday, August 17, 2020, at St. Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rock Island, Illinois.

Services will be held in Pennsylvania in the near future. Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory, Moline, under the direction of Cremation Society of the Quad Cities. Burial will be with his wife at Castleview Memorial Gardens, New Castle, Pennsylvania. Memorials may be made to the Eagles Club or VFW Post #315, New Castle.

Walter Sherman Powell was born April 3, 1929, in Eastbrook, Pennsylvania, one of eight children of Albert and Anna (Flickenger) Powell. He served in the U.S. Navy as a radar man on the destroyer, “DD 836 George K. MacKenzie”. He married Ruth Ann Reider on April 23, 1955, in New Castle. She died February 6, 2006. He worked as a millwright for Sharon Steel Corporation for 35 years.

Walt was a member of the American Legion, Eagles Club, New Castle VFW Post #315, and the Moose Club. He was an honorary member of the Civil War Company I 116th Penssylvania Volunteer Infantry. He swore by “three beers a day”.

He is survived by two sons, Walter S. Powell, Jr. of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Patrick J. Powell of McAllen, Texas; six grandchildren, Nicholas, Benjamin, and Matthew Powell, Logan and Lauren Niemi, and Tyler Still; and a sister, Shirley Adams of Snow Peak, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his wife, and two children, Kathleen Niemi and Michael Powell.

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